Water Quality

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is focused on improving water quality in our river, streams, lakes and other water sources. As part of these efforts, we monitor water quality. This web page provides links to some of the databases and information sources related to water quality. You can find more information on our Reports & Plans page.


For basic information about water quality in the Upper Uncompahgre Watershed, please read our publication: The Uncompahgre River Watershed in Ouray County.

Colorado River Watch is a statewide volunteer water quality-monitoring program operated by the Colorado Watershed Assembly in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. See UWP’s River Watch page for more information.

The STORET Data Warehouse is the EPA’s repository for water quality, biological, and physical data. It is a great resource! This link supplies a summary of data for the Uncompahgre Watershed.

Colorado Abandoned Mine Land Water Quality Information: The Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed has a large number of inactive mines on public land, many of which impact water quality. The state of Colorado monitors these mines periodically and has created a map with water quality information.